Monday 22 October 2012
Farm building grants
Applications are now being accepted to the REPS 4 traditional farm buildings grant scheme 2013, ahead of the closing date of Friday 26 October.
The scheme offers a grant of up to 75% of the cost of repairing old farm buildings up to a ceiling of €20,000.
Applications are available from the Heritage Council, Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny and online at www.heritagecouncil.ie
Applications will be jointly assessed by the Department of Agriculture and the Heritage Council.
A typical eligible shed is one which was constructed before 1960 for agricultural use and built using traditional methods and materials. The building must have been built and kept for farming use.
Unused buildings are eligible. The building must be able to be seen from a public place and be on the farm yard.
"The aim of this grant scheme is not to modernise old buildings but to repair them and maintain their characteristics,'' said architect Nick Sweeney of Sweeney Architects in Longford.
"The Heritage Council have outlined that the building should be made weather tight. The conservation has to be carried out in traditional building techniques and materials, taking care of the potential historical and cultural value the building might possess.''
"The building must be in fair, reparable condition and containing surviving materials for the grant to be approved. If approved, each farmer can take an active role in the restoration of the building on his or her land.''
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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